Agnus Dei: Music of Inner Harmony
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This is a collection of choral repertoire spanning 400 years including Agnus Dei, the choral setting of Barber's Adagio for Strings, and the world premiere of a new choral arrangement of the Nimrod movement from Elgar's Enigma Variations.
Beyond this recording's new age packaging and title is a splendid sampling of some of the world's finest choral music, sung by one of the world's outstanding choirs. This "anthology of sacred choral music" spans 400 years and includes such masterpieces as Allegri's Miserere, Bach's "Jesu, joy of man's desiring," and Barber's exquisite Agnus Dei, which is the composer's choral setting of his famous Adagio for Strings. Along the way we also hear Mozart's sublime "Ave verum corpus," Elgar's "Lux aeterna," and the Kyrie from Palestrina's Missa Papae Marcelli. There has been a choir at England's New College, Oxford, since the year 1379, and this impressive line of experience shows in the intelligent, unfaltering, and finely polished performances by today's ensemble of 16 boys and 12 adults. --David Vernier
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I have become an instant fan upon hearing this CD. Cantique de Jean Racine and Gorecki's Totus Tuus stand out as new all time favorites alongside Rachmaninoff's Ave Maria and the tried and true Ave verum corpus by Mozart. Just a stunning performance on every track Thoroughly relaxing! If you are a fan of choral music or just want to try a new genre to soothe your cares away you would be hard pressed to find a better effort. With In Paradisum from Faure's Requiem in D minor in the mix and you will think you really have arrived " In Paradisum ! " A great effort by the Choir of New College Oxford
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Moving and brilliantly done.